NoVAS Annual Meeting 2020 in Jevnaker, Norway

An introduction to Japanese veterinary acupuncture diagnostics and moxibustion

NoVAS Annual meeting 2020, Thorbjørnrud hotel, Jevnaker, Norway

Time and lecturer

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April 2020.

  • Registration/lunch from 13.00 Friday, course starts 14.00.

  • Course ends Sunday 12.15 with Lunch afterwards.

Lecturer: Rodrigo Fagundes, DVM | MSC | CVA | CVTP, Spain.

Lectures will be held in English.

About our lecturer and Japanese Acupuncture

Rodrigo Fagundes graduated in Veterinary Medicine from UFG – Federal University of Goias in Brazil in 1996 and has a Masters degree in Genetics and Biotechnology from the UCB/CENARGEM, Brazil. He is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Veterinary Tui-Na from the Chi Institute of Florida/USA and in Herbal Therapy from the C’hien Institute in Brazil. He also studied Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture at the Acacia Animal Hospital in Tokyo/Japan.

In 1997 he founded CAANES, the first Veterinary Acupuncture clinic in Brazil and a few years later he helped founding the Brazilian veterinary acupuncture association (ABRAVET). From 2002 to 2012 he was the responsible for the Veterinary Acupuncture service at the Brasilia University (UnB) and the wild animals acupuncture service at the Brazilia Zoo and the wild animal’s ambulatory at the Brasilia University (UnB)/Brazil. He teaches Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Europe and IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) from Spain, Netherlands and Belgium besides many postgraduation courses in Brazil, and is also board member of the WATCVM (World Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine). In 2017 he moved to Spain and founded CAANES Spain, a veterinary acupuncture and rehabilitation centre in the city of Alicante.


Chinese medicine made its way to Japan through Korea in the 6th century. However, Japan has practiced this medicine for 14 centuries, and over time a difference in practices and techniques was developed making a real distinguished form of “make” acupuncture.

One of the main reasons for this differentiation was the fact that during many years, acupuncture was a profession destined for the blind people in Japan. Today, around 40% of the human acupuncturists 

in Japan are blind.

For this reason, acupuncture in Japan was much more related to massage techniques than to herbal therapy and it brought many interesting characteristics to Japanese acupuncture.

Palpation is the main part of the diagnostic procedure and many palpation techniques were developed to make it a solid and reliable tool. In addition, there is a lot of emphasis on the use of palpation before needle treatment.

The needles used are smaller, thinner and inserted more superficially. The Qi sensation is lighter and less perceptible by the patient.

The moxibustion techniques are more subtle too and this technique is applied in the majority of the 

treatment protocols.

We can take advantage on all these characteristics on Veterinary Acupuncture. Animals love to be 

touched and to receive massage therapy and the more subtle needle and moxa techniques make the acupuncture sessions easier to apply and more comfortable for the animal patients.


Thorbjørnrud Hotell, Jevnaker, Norway.

1 hour from Oslo – 45 minutes from Gardermoen. 

Nearest airport Gardemoen Airport, Oslo. Then Askeladden bus service from platform no. 32 directly to hotel. See timetable bus here:


*Depending on interest, a guided tour of Kistefos with transportation will be organized for those interested after course ends on Sunday 26 th. Please let us know when registering for course. The cost of this is not included in the course fee.


We have reserved rooms at Thorbjørnrud until 28 th of February 2020.

Contact the hotel directly to book rooms at e-mail:

Refer to NOVAS annual meeting. After the 28 th of February the rooms will be released, but possible to book as long as rooms available.

Cost rooms incl. breakfast:

  • Single room: NOK 935,- per night

  • Double room: NOK 798,- per night.

Registration and course fee:

Registration at the latest: March 15th 2020.

(NB: Hotel rooms are released at 28th February 2020)

Pay to: Spar Nord Bank 7470 4562077982, IBAN: DK65 7470 4562077982, BIC: SPNODK22

Register on e-mail to: with:

  • Name, address,, e-mail.

  • NoVAS member, Vet/Vet student or PT/PT student. 

  • Dietary requests

The course fee includes:

  • Lectures and lecture-notes incl. workshops

  • Tea-coffee/break-snacks

  • Lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • BIG dinner party Saturday

Paying before 15th March:

  • NoVAS members: Euros 700 / DKK 5250 

  • Non-members: Euros 740 / DKK 5530

Paying after 15th March:

  • NoVAS members: Euros 740 / DKK 5250

  • Non-members: Euros 780 / DKK 5825


Friday April 24th

13:00 – 14:00: Registration/Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Short Introduction to Japanese Acupuncture.

Main differences between Chinese and Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture

15:30 – 16:00: Break

16:00 – 17:30: Abdominal Palpation (Theory)

17:30 – 18:00: Questions and Answers

18:00 – 18:30: General Annual Meeting

Saturday April 25th

08:30 – 10:00: Modified Akabane Test (theory and practice with the students)
10:00 – 10:30: Break
10:30 – 12:00: Abdominal Palpation (practice with animals
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
12:45 – 14:00: Time for taking a walk or having a look at Hadeland Glassverk
14:00– 15:30: Japanese Veterinary Moxibustion (main techniques)
15:30– 16:00: Break
16:00 – 17:30: Japanese Veterinary Moxibustion (main techniques)
19:30: Dinner Party

Sunday April 26th

09:00 – 10:30 Moxibustion (practice with animals)

10:30 – 10:45: Short Break

10:45 – 12:15 Moxibustion (practice with animals)




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